ATLANTA – Youth from communities across the Southeast have just one more week to apply for FEMA’s national Youth Preparedness Council.
Youth who are interested in applying to the council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT, March 31. New council members will be announced in May.
Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. The program brings teens together from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Members learn how to complete projects which make their communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.
“We need to build a culture of preparedness from the ground up and that means tapping into the energy and spirit of our region’s youth to help their communities prepare,” said Gracia Szczech, FEMA’s regional administrator for Region IV, which comprises the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
First formed in 2012, the Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, they will complete both local and national-level projects and share their ideas on disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.
To access the application materials, to read about current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.
FEMA’s Mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.